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Shankar, Sri Sri Ravi (b. 1956)

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a guru to a great many Indians and foreigners, was born into a religious family in Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India. His mother, who was commonly known as Amma, seems to have played an important role in his life. His father, R. S. V. Ratnam, or Pitaji, as he is popularly known in the religious movement known as the Art of Living clan, was a religious man, well versed in Sanskrit, Tamil, and English—talents he passed on to his son.

According to the accounts of his life that are recalled by his followers, Shankar showed devotional powers from a very young age. At the age of 3, he was said to have been sent to a teacher, who wanted to begin her lessons ...

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